Barnsley winger Keith Treacy has been given special permission to miss Sunday’s Yorkshire derby with Bradford because he is getting married.
Dubliner Treacy is due to tie the knot today back in Ireland to his long-term girlfriend.
And Reds boss Danny Wilson has decided to honour an agreement the pair made when Treacy signed for the club back in August on a two-year contract.
“When I first met the gaffer I’d actually arranged for my wedding to be during the international break,” revealed Treacy.
“At the time [of booking it] I thought I was going to have another year at Burnley, so I planned things around then.
“But when I met Danny I told him I’m been silly and sorted out my wedding for October.
“However, he was great. He said if that’s the only stipulation to me signing the contract to join the club, then I might as well sign right away. And I did.
“To be fair to my missus she said to me I can play on Sunday if I want, but I’ll be back in Ireland.”
The Reds were beaten 4-2 on penalties by Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but last
Saturday registered a fine 1-0 win over high-flying Rochdale to end a five-game winless run in League.
And victory saw Wilson’s side climb out of the relegation zone and up to 17th in the table.
Treacy who, by his own admission, is not yet fully fit, started both games but was substituted in the second half.
And the 26-year-old former Republic of Ireland international believes “patience” will be key to the Reds’ chance of success this term after a hit-and-miss start.
“The best way for us to get up the table is to stay under the radar. Then, suddenly ‘bang’ and people are saying ‘how did they get up there?’” stressed Treacy.
“I think the best thing to do is to keep expectations low and quietly go about our business.
“We’re a young team, but it’s going to take a while for it all to gel.
“People are expecting a lot from us – and soon. Rightly so as well because they’re paying good money to come and watch us.
“But ‘patience’ is a big word. There’s a lot of young players in the team and a lot of new faces, so things will take time.
“It’s important not to get too high when you win and too low when you lose, it’s about being neutral and taking every game as it comes.”
Meanwhile, City striker Lewis Clarkson has stepped-up his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The 20-year-old, signed from Scarborough Athletic in November, suffered the problem during a friendly against neighbours Bradford Park Avenue earlier this year but has begun running during training.